A Dictionary of Superstitions

For example, the lucky horseshoe was protection against witches in the sixteenth century, andtouching wood may be a lingering memory of the veneration attached to the relics of the cross.Both informative and accessible, this dictionary is a ...

A Dictionary of Superstitions

Author: Iona Archibald Opie

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192806642

Page: 494

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If you've ever wanted the definitive answers on subjects such as black cats, magpies and spilt milk, look no further than this classic, critically acclaimed dictionary. Hundreds of superstitions and beliefs, including spells, cures, rituals, taboos, charms, and omens are covered, and illustrated by quotations that trace their development through the centuries. Subjects include advice on the signs to observe when getting married, the significance of animals, plants, stones, colours, food and drink, the elements and heavenly bodies, precautions to be taken after a death in the house, and many more. Superstitions are arranged alphabetically by subject, and fully cross referenced for easy browsing.

Cassell s Dictionary of Superstitions

Alphabetically arranged entries provide coverage of a wide range of ancient and modern fears, beliefs, and taboos, explaining the rituals, charms, and talismans invoked by the superstitions.

Cassell s Dictionary of Superstitions

Author: David Pickering

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9780304365616

Page: 527

View: 783

Alphabetically arranged entries provide coverage of a wide range of ancient and modern fears, beliefs, and taboos, explaining the rituals, charms, and talismans invoked by the superstitions.

Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions

People around the world and throughout history have always held arcane beliefs to try to gain understanding and control over a mysterious world.

Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions

Author: David Pickering

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9780304345359

Page: 294

View: 345

People around the world and throughout history have always held arcane beliefs to try to gain understanding and control over a mysterious world. This entertaining and educational reference describes why actors shout "break a leg" to each other for good luck, and consider any word of encouragement before a performance to be a curse. The entry on baseball players explains why they never mention a no-hitter while it's in progress, and why they carefully place their gloves in the field for good luck. Other sections describe customs involving hundreds of animals and birds, rocks and plants, foods and occupations, sleeping and sexual activities, all believed to possess the power to bring doom or fortune. Besides the many entires about superstitions, taboos, and fears, there are sections on traditional rhymes and chants, as well as the uses of potions and rituals that are employed to avoid harm and master the future.

A Dictionary of Superstitions

Describes superstitions related to minerals, plants, animals, weather, the calendar, the human body, stages of life, objects, and clothing

A Dictionary of Superstitions

Author: Sophie Lasne

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780132108812

Page: 355

View: 376

Describes superstitions related to minerals, plants, animals, weather, the calendar, the human body, stages of life, objects, and clothing

A Dictionary of English Surnames

This classic dictionary explains the origins of over 16,000 names in current English use.

A Dictionary of English Surnames

Author: Percy Hide Reaney

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041505737X

Page: 508

View: 911

This classic dictionary answers questions such as these and explains the origins of over 16,000 names in current English use. It will be a source of fascination to everyone with an interest in names and their history.

A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions

Originally published in 1978, this dictionary traces the probable origins of superstitions from all over the world, discussing the symbolic context in which they still survive and suggesting how they can help exploit good luck and avoid the ...

A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions

Author: Philippa Waring

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780285623637

Page: 264

View: 196

Originally published in 1978, this dictionary traces the probable origins of superstitions from all over the world, discussing the symbolic context in which they still survive and suggesting how they can help exploit good luck and avoid the bad.

The Mammoth Book of Superstition

For anyone who has ever knocked on wood, pulled a wishbone, feared a broken mirror or been scared to open an umbrella indoors, this book strips down superstitions from old wives' tales and omens to bizarre mating and marriage customs; from ...

The Mammoth Book of Superstition

Author: Roy Bainton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472137477

Page: 400

View: 224

Rather than providing a dictionary of superstitions, of which there are already numerous excellent, exhaustive and, in many cases, academic works which list superstitions from A to Z, Bainton gives us an entertaining flight over the terrain, landing from time to time in more thought-provoking areas. He offers an overview of humanity's often illogical and irrational persistence in seeking good luck and avoiding misfortune. While Steve Roud's two excellent books - The Penguin Dictionary of Superstitions and his Pocket Guide - and Philippa Waring's 1970 Dictionary concentrate on the British Isles, Bainton casts his net much wider. There are many origins which warrant the full back story, such as Friday the thirteenth and the Knights Templar, or the demonisation of the domestic cat resulting in 'cat holocausts' throughout Europe led by the Popes and the Inquisition. The whole is presented as a comprehensive, entertaining narrative flow, though it is, of course, a book that could be dipped into, and includes a thorough bibliography. Schoenberg, who developed the twelve-tone technique in music, was a notorious triskaidekaphobe. When the title of his opera Moses und Aaron resulted in a title with thirteen letters, he renamed it Moses und Aron. He believed he would die in his seventy-sixth year (7 + 6 = 13) and he was correct; he also died on Friday the thirteenth at thirteen minutes before midnight. As Sigmund Freud wrote, 'Superstition is in large part the expectation of trouble; and a person who has harboured frequent evil wishes against others, but has been brought up to be good and has therefore repressed such wishes into the unconscious, will be especially ready to expect punishment for his unconscious wickedness in the form of trouble threatening him from without.'

Superstition

Dictionaries and encyclopedias of superstitions Rudi Brasch and Li Brasch, How
Did it Begin? The Origins of our Curious Customs and Superstitions (MJF Books,
2006). Brian Copenhaven (ed.), The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the ...

Superstition

Author: Stuart Vyse

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198819250

Page: 168

View: 468

Do you touch wood for luck, or avoid hotel rooms on floor thirteen? Would you cross the path of a black cat, or step under a ladder? Is breaking a mirror just an expensive waste of glass, or something rather more sinister? Despite the dominance of science in today's world, superstitious beliefs - both traditional and new - remain surprisingly popular. A recent survey of adults in the United States found that 33 percent believed that finding a penny was good luck, and 23 percent believed that the number seven was lucky. Where did these superstitions come from, and why do they persist today? This Very Short Introduction explores the nature and surprising history of superstition from antiquity to the present. For two millennia, superstition was a label derisively applied to foreign religions and unacceptable religious practices, and its primary purpose was used to separate groups and assert religious and social authority. After the Enlightenment, the superstition label was still used to define groups, but the new dividing line was between reason and unreason. Today, despite our apparent sophistication and technological advances, superstitious belief and behaviour remain widespread, and highly educated people are not immune. Stuart Vyse takes an exciting look at the varieties of popular superstitious beliefs today and the psychological reasons behind their continued existence, as well as the likely future course of superstition in our increasingly connected world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Encyclop dia of Superstitions Folklore and the Occult Sciences of the World

Originally published in 1903, this is an excellent source for an historical perspective on superstitions and folklore. Hundreds of entries are arranged alphabetically within broad subject categories.

Encyclop  dia of Superstitions  Folklore  and the Occult Sciences of the World

Author: Cora Linn Daniels

Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.

ISBN: 9781410209146

Page: 624

View: 265

Originally published in 1903, this is an excellent source for an historical perspective on superstitions and folklore. Hundreds of entries are arranged alphabetically within broad subject categories. The original subtitle reads: "A comprehensive library of human belief and practice in the mysteries of life through more than six thousand years of experience and progress including the fundamental intuitions and instincts underlying the structure of civilization, theology, mythology, demonology, magic, witchcraft, esoteric philosophy, signs, omens, oracles, sorceries, auguries, divinations, prophecies, methods and means employed in revealing fortune and fate, systems and formulas for the use of psychical forces, hypnotism, clairvoyance, telepathy, spiritualism, character reading and character building with all the known powers and wonders of mind and soul, illustrated with numerous ancient and modern designs and thoroughly indexed."

The Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Hole, Christina. A Dictionary of British Folk Customs. London: Granada
Publishing, 1979. Igglesden, Charles. Those Superstitions. London: Jarrolds
Publishers, 1932. Jahoda, Gustav. The Psychology of Superstition. London:
Penguin Books ...

The Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Author: Richard Webster

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738725617

Page: 336

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Have you ever rubbed a frog on your freckles? Trivia fans and fun fact fanatics will adore this fascinating, flickable encyclopedia of superstitions! Richard Webster presents over five hundred of the most obscure, curious, and just-plain-freaky superstitions of the Western world. Discover batty beliefs about baldness, beans, and the Bermuda Triangle, and peculiar practices regarding hiccups, hearses, and hunchbacks. From modern myths to centuries-old lore, The Encyclopedia of Superstitions offers a wealth of wonderfully weird beliefs on just about every topic you can imagine: Holidays Birth Death Weddings Colors Gemstones Trees Flowers Fairies Weather Numbers Animals Birds Insects Household Items Zodiac Signs Gambling The Human Body Food Praise: "[T]his reference makes for compulsive browsing."—Publishers Weekly

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Broken up into categories such as Animals, Astrology, Dreams, and Flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known.

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Author: Diagram Group

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9780806969138

Page: 511

View: 230

Broken up into categories such as Animals, Astrology, Dreams, and Flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known. Many other subjects range from Clothing to Food to Marriage numbers.